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For me – one completed bathmat

As soon as I saw the Cathedral Window Playmat on Amy Gibson’s blog, Stichery Dickery Dock I knew that it was what I wanted as a bathmat for my tiny bathroom.

Although I’ve always admired quilt with circles in and Cathederal Windows blocks in particular, I’ve never done them in any quilt before because circles or curves of any type scare the *** out of me.

I’ve got to say the Amy is a fabulous tutorial writer, but then I should have know that because I’m following her Craftsy Block of the Month course (which I’m hopelessly behind on, but we won’t go there).

Viola, one Cathedral Windows Bathmat, started and finished within 24 hours and I slept for some of that!

I had to wash the print fabric because the cotton towelling I was using was upcycled from a spare bath sheet. I ironed it all properly, and used a dinner plate to cut out the circles. I cut too many circles, it turns out I cut 12 towelling circles when I only needed 9 and I still don’t know what to do with the 9 circles I cut from the stripe fabric.

After posting about this project yesterday, I decided to use the batik print that I love so much (please ignore the state of my bathroom tiles, this is a sewing blog not a diy blog after all!):

Note to self: get larger dinner plates, this would be fab with bigger circles! Also, sewing this with towelling as a backing is harder than I thought, that’s probably why it’s a little wonky. It also probably needs ironing, but is that going to happen?

I’m glad that I decided to do this. I love my new bathmat and I don’t care what anyone else thinks (although if you think it’s lovely too, I wouldn’t mind being told).

I love my new bathmat  🙂

ClaireBear

For me – one bathmat

Ages ago I bought a lovely bathmat from Ikea (I love Ikea – just their fabric section can keep me happy for hours). Well it lasted for ages, looking lovely and blue (my favourite colour and obviously a good colour for my blue and white bathroom) and small and perfectly formed to fit in the minuscule space between the bath, the washbasin and the door. That is, it lasted well until a certain young lady of my family wasn’t as careful as she might have been when colouring her hair and got a big splodge of deep red hair dye on my lovely bathmat.

I put up with it for a bit and then decided that I could use an excess hand-towel for a bath mat instead. I have a whole set of duck egg blue (another favourite colour, which features in my living room) towels in the airing cupboard originally bought to deaden the sound of my son’s drums. When he went off to university the drum kit got packed away and the set of towels went to live in the airing cupboard with their new friends.

I’ve been looking for a replacement for the “dropped towel on the floor” look for a while now.  I’ve seen several I like,

this one:

this lovely one:

this one,

and this lovely one

But while they are all lovely, and importantly, do-able, nothing got me reaching for my clean used towels and quilting cotton stash. Until I saw this photo on Stichery Dickery Dock;

I’ve loved Cathedral Windows quilts since the first time I saw one, but how much work is in one? Too much.

So when I saw the link to Amy’s tutorial on her blog I clicked and then read through the tutorial.

Simple, maybe even easy. I know that this tutorial is for a playmat, but would this work with white towelling for the backing?

Well, I’ve spent all day waiting for the quilting cotton to wash and dry enough so I could iron it. I’ve even ironed all of my laundry while I was waiting for the quilting cotton to dry (desperate times…).  I’ve cut out the fabric circles (using a dinner plate as the template, because I don’t have Amy’s flash circle-drawing thingy) and now I’m stuck.

I have cut too many circles for a start (d’oh!). I think 3 by 3 will be a good size for my bathmat, so I cut out 9 towelling circles, and then 9 each of the two fabrics that I love and want to have in my bathroom. But I only need 4 of one and 5 of the other. Or I could have all the circles in the same fabric, but then I’d have to choose which fabric, and I can’t choose.

So I pinned some circles together to give myself an idea of what the finished mat might look like. I took some photos and I played with them on picmonkey to give myself all the options I could think of.  Now I need some help to decide which is best. Please bear in mind that my bathroom is white, with sky blue and white tiling and pale yellow painted walls above the tiles and pale yellow (non-slip vinyl flooring), and very small. Also the finished mat will be 3 by 3 but  the photos are only 2 by 2.

All batik

All stripe

Alternating batik and stripe

Rows

I really love the batik (it’s not real batik, it’s a print but I love it anyway and I don’t feel nervous about using it for something that’s going to get used a lot), but I want to use the stripe too. I suppose I could make two, one of each fabric and alternate them, but two bathmats? really?

I give up. What do you think?

ClaireBear

WIPs on Wednesday

It’s been quite a long time since I got some serious sewing done, so I haven’t bothered posting about my WIPs over the last few months.  There’s been a lot of manic spring cleaning and decorating, not to mention finally dealing with all of the stuff from the loft that had to come down when I had new insulation put in. I now have a loft full of fluffy insulation and no storage space, so the boxes and boxes of things I’d kept from when the kids were little needed to be gone through and sold/donated/stored properly.

I also have a kitchen with paint on ALL FOUR WALLS AND THE CEILING!! and a fresh white (instead of pastel blue and yellow from over a decade ago) back room with my doodled daisies painted on the wall too. I’ve been doodling five-petalled daisies for months now, so I thought I’d put them on my wall.

Yay, this is my new creative space that also serves as a dealing-with-household-bills-and-writing-essays-for-college space.

Back to the WIPs, my pile of shame  is still shameful. I can see a time when I give up on some of these mending and alterations and just donate or recycle them.

The cloak for this costume is still cut out and waiting to be sewn (cloaks are a big project and this one in particular is huge, therefore a small amount of procrastination may be happening).

I did upcycle a skirt into this tote bag for me and it has made me very happy !! It fits all my stuff perfectly and I can carry it on my shoulder or in my hand.

My most recent project has been to make a slip cover for my footstool. I bought this footstool in ebay about a year ago, and love its height and size (high enough to rest my feet on, big enough to be extra seating if needed), but not the original upholstery fabric.
A bit brown for me, I saw this tutorial and though, yes, I’ll do that for my footstool. I found some fabric in my stash (just don’t ask how big my stash is: I’m a hoarder, OK?) that goes beautifully with the upholstered blanket box (also extra seating, plus hiding space for some of my stash), my navy sofa, and the natural wood and wicker baskets that are in that room too. .
Last weekend, with an hour to kill before Mr CB arrived, I decided to go for it.
I didn’t really follow the tutorial at all, I just pinned the fabric to the stool and marked where I needed to sew, I also made a lining exactly the same way and sewed them right sides together so that all of the manky bits would be hidden.
You can see that I stopped at the stage where it is usable, I just need to add some elastic around the bottom of it so that it’s not so baggy. I did iron it all before I sewed it, but the fabric is a linen mix, so the creases are expensive creases.
I’m pretty happy with it though. All part of my master plan to make my living room look presentable.

Happy Wednesday!

Claire Bear

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